A Voice for the Dead: A Forensic Investigator's Pursuit of the Truth in the Grave

Overview

In the midst of his distinguished law school career, James Starrs made an extraordinary leap into the politically fraught, physically arduous business of actually exhuming bodies to solve cold cases that have defied answers for years. Helped by cutting-edge technology as well as the forensic science he had been teaching for decades, he has made important discoveries. These fascinating revelations are dramatically chronicled in A Voice for the Dead.

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Overview

In the midst of his distinguished law school career, James Starrs made an extraordinary leap into the politically fraught, physically arduous business of actually exhuming bodies to solve cold cases that have defied answers for years. Helped by cutting-edge technology as well as the forensic science he had been teaching for decades, he has made important discoveries. These fascinating revelations are dramatically chronicled in A Voice for the Dead.

Starrs's passionate intention is to set the record straight, to right the wrongs done by tall tales and cover-ups, by even the most cherished historical legends. Among the high-profile cases he writes about are Jesse James-are the remains buried in his purported grave really Jesse's? Mary Sullivan-was she, as supposed, a victim of Albert DeSalvo, who confessed, perhaps falsely, to being the Boston Strangler? And the Cold War government scientist who fell to his death from a high floor of a New York hotel-did he jump or was he pushed?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780641791222
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

James E. Starrs is a law professor at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. His coauthored book, Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases, is the standard single-volume text in its field.

Katherine Ramsland has written nineteen books, including The Forensic Science of C.S.I., and teaches forensic psychology at DeSales University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : desiderata for an exhumation 1
1 Alfred G. Packer : the Colorado cannibal with a ... conscience 13
2 Carl Austin Weiss, M.D. : he died in marble halls 57
3 Frank Olson : the man who fell thirteen stories 105
4 Jesse James : the Houdini of Western outlaws 155
5 Mary A. Sullivan : she was just nineteen 189
6 The unheard voices of the dead 235
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